Scripture Verse

God is the King of all the earth. Psalm 47:7

Introduction

Words: From the Clu­niac Bre­vi­a­ry, 1686, page 506 (Su­preme Rec­tor coel­i­tum). Trans­lat­ed from La­tin to Eng­lish by Will­iam J. Blew in The Church Hymn and Tune Book (Lon­don: Fran­cis & John Riv­ing­ton, 1852), Ember weeks sec­tion, num­ber 8.

Music: St. Ma­mer­etus The Church Hymn and Tune Book, 1852 (🔊 pdf nwc).

Alternate Tune:

  • Ach Gott und Herr, As Hym­no­dus Sa­cer, 1625 (🔊 pdf nwc)

If you know where to get a good pho­to of good Blew (head-and-shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els), would you ?

Lyrics

O King most high of earth and sky,
On prostrate Death Thou treadest;
And with Thy blood dost mark the road
Whereby to Heav’n Thou leadest.

Lord of our love, enthroned above,
Beside th’Almighty Father,
Thou wilt not leave Thy flock to grieve,
But to Thyself wilt gather.

O Christ, behold Thine orphaned fold,
Which Thou hast borne with anguish,
Steeped in the tide from Thy rent side—
O leave us not to languish.

The glorious gain of all Thy pain
Henceforth dost Thou inherit;
Now comes the hour, then greatly shower
On us Thy promised Spirit.

Jesu, to Thee all glory be,
With Sire, and Spirit ascending;
Thy throne doth stand at God’s right hand,
Through ages without ending.